In 2020, preschool was out of reach for Josh’s family. Most in-person preschool locations were closed due to COVID-19, and those that remained were too expensive for Josh’s family’s budget.
Josh’s mother saw firsthand the impact of COVID-19 on her son, and she knew how important these formative years were on Josh’s development -- not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well.
Josh struggled to respect the personal space of others, causing tears and tantrums with others his age. He became physically ill when he was separated, even for a short time, from his mother making medical appointments, everyday errands, and job interviews a significant challenge.
Josh’s mother enrolled him in Operation Little Learners through the Armed Services YMCA to help combat the significant developmental losses Josh faced due to COVID-19.
After a few weeks of attending Operation Little Learners with his mother, Josh’s behavior slowly started to change. He started to become friends with a couple of other children, learned to share toys, and gradually, Josh’s anxiety of being away from his mother began to fade.